Avoid the crowds and head to the remote south of the country where you will find a pristine region that attracts fewer than 2000 visitors a year. Myanmar’s Mergui Archipelago is one of Asia’s last island worlds which remain virtually untouched. Be one of the first to visit this paradise. Swim and snorkel in azure waters, visit indigenous communities and enjoy empty beaches without a footprint in the sand.
ABOUT THE MERGUI ARCHIPELAGO
Myanmar is certainly on a rapid rise as a tourist destination, but still only very few people know about the country’s beautiful islands in the Andaman sea. Just across from the Thai border, the archipelago opened to foreigners as recently as the late 1990s. With only a few of the 800 islands sparsely populated and a couple dozen visitors to the entire area each month, the Mergui Archipelago remains one of the planet’s most unspoilt destinations.
The traditional inhabitants of the Mergui Archipelago are the Moken, a people who live off, and on, the sea. Sometimes called "sea-gypsies", this ethnic minority group leads a traditional, semi-nomadic lifestyle, dominated by diving for sea cucumbers, fishing and bartering.
The best time to visit the Mergui Archipelago is between November and April. December to February is perfect, with warm sunny weather, steady winds and calm seas. March and April, with less wind, is ideal for diving and snorkelling.
- Be one of the first to visit Burma's only marine national park
- Meet and talk with the local sea nomads who sail the waters in dugout canoes
- Walk through pristine rainforest, snorkel in azure waters, kayak through mangroves
- Catch your own fish of the day, or if unsuccesful, barter with the local Moken people for a squid dinner!
BEYOND THE OBVIOUS
Charter your own private yacht – like a floating boutique hotel. Beach hop all week exploring islands as you desire. The view from the boat is always breathtaking. Choose an island and anchor .